Mindanao Banana Congress set in SMX Lanang Premiere, Davao City on Nov. 7-8!

A gathering of at least 500 banana industry stakeholders from all over Mindanao will be conducted on November 7 and 8 at SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang Premier in Davao City.

The stakeholders are composed of growers, farmers, cooperatives, suppliers of production inputs, traders, exporters, logistics players, industry associations, agrarian reform communities, research institutions, academe, other support groups and participants from government agencies and local government units (LGUs).

Spearheaded by the Philippine Exporters Confederation, Incorporated (PhilExport) Davao Chapter, the Mindanao Banana Congress is expected to result in the attainment of five major outcomes, to wit: formulation of the banana industry roadmap; improved access to government support programs; established supplier-buyer linkages; significant contribution of the banana industry on the hunger and malnutrition mitigation measures of the government; and industry growth and development.

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Regional Director Marizon S. Loreto said that as a partner of this endeavor, the agency is giving its full support to the first-ever Mindanao-wide banana conference.

“This is an event that shows how important convergence is between the government and private sector especially in achieving industry growth and development,” she said.

The two-day forum will likewise tackle the various issues and concerns confronting the banana industry namely: plant diseases, phytosanitary standards protocol, good agricultural practices and product traceability.

Other topics include integrated management and control of major banana diseases. Discussion on the proposed Banana Research Center shall also be included. Side events include the Banana Business Café (Business Matching), the Banana Special Setting and the Banana Food Showcase, an exhibition of various banana recipes for commercialization.

Resource persons who are considered experts in their respective fields are invited to grace the occasion and share their insights and expertise to the participants.

For interested parties, they can contact Chug Torres of the Mindanao Business Council (MinBC), the Congress secretariat, at (082) 224.2581 or 225.0763 for more details.

Soon to open SM City Lanang goes green!

SM City Lanang the biggest mall in this part of Mindanao will open by the end of this year!

Located in the northern part of the city, the new mall has about 100,000 square meters in area where a four-level structure has been built with its design inspired by the origami, the Japanese art of folding paper. It has about 145,000 in gross floor area with about 84,000 square meters available for lease.

The mall looks like any other SM from the outside but this one is different, as there is a Skygarden, a lush garden within its façade that will host restaurants. The garden will have “refreshing water features”. Inside the mall will be the Flat Café, “floating above the ground and offers a vast view of The Atrium.”

The ground level will host international brands like Forever 21 and key SM stores like the SM Supermarket and SM Department Store. To be located in its rear section, both in the ground and second level, are restaurants which will be overlooking the “sprawling outdoor event area called “The Park.”

Its second level will also host six digital theaters that will include the SM Center Stage, the Imax theater known for its state-of-the-art facilities, the bowling center and the Science Discovery Center.

The third floor of the mall will be the SMX Convention Center Davao, touted to be the largest convention center in this part of the country.

The mall has also incorporated “green architecture and environment-friendly features as part of SM’s sustainability efforts.” Through this initiative, the company is only utilizing 40% of the total area for the project ”with paver blocks used in the open parking area to minimize surface run-off water.” “It will also have the city’s first rain catchment system minimizing storm water peak flow, surface run-off and siltation,” it added. The mall will also use light emitting diode bulbs which will ensure “efficient energy consumption” as it is also “designed with skylights.” “Park finders will also be installed at the basement parking to minimize carbon output from vehicles. It will also utilize recycled water for its cooling tower and for comfort room flushing.”

Once the mall will be opened, this will make Davao a landmark for shopping and convention as it host the biggest convention center in this part of Mindanao.


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